Airbus Informs German Authorities of Regulatory Matter
(Source: Airbus; issued September 18, 2019)
MUNICH --- Airbus SE has self-declared to German authorities potential wrongdoings by several employees with respect to certain customer documents relating to two future German procurement projects in the programme line Communications, Intelligence and Security.
This self-disclosure follows an ongoing internal review with the support of an external law firm.
The company is fully cooperating with relevant authorities to resolve the matter.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
Prosecutors Probe How Airbus Got Classified Bundeswehr Files
(Source: Deutsche Welle German radio; posted Sept. 19, 2019)
European aerospace giant Airbus announced late Wednesday that it had informed authorities in Munich about potential wrongdoing in two bids for German defense procurement contracts.
The company said it, "Self-declared to German authorities potential wrongdoings by several employees with respect to certain customer documents relating to two future German procurement projects in the program line Communications, Intelligence and Security."
A spokeswoman for the public prosecutor's office told the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung that several Airbus employees were under investigation. Airbus fired roughly 20 employees on Tuesday, reported German daily Bild.
"The company is fully cooperating with relevant authorities to resolve the matter," Airbus said in a statement.
The German Defense Ministry said it was aware of the case and that disciplinary action was taken against a member of the Bundeswehr, Germany's armed forces.
Reports suggest that one of the procurement contracts may have dealt with a communication system
Many setbacks for Bundeswehr
It is unclear how Airbus employees gained possession of the classified Bundeswehr documents and whether they were used to strengthen the company's bids on two military procurement contracts. Such action would be against acquisition rules and likely unlawful.
The debacle is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Bundeswehr over the past year. Last month, it grounded its fleet of 53 Airbus Tiger attack helicopters due to technical faults. In June, two pilots were killed when their fighter jets collided. A week later, a Bundeswehr helicopter crashed, killing both pilots on board.
Some politicians have called for major boosts to defense spending, saying the Bundeswehr needs to modernize its arsenal of aging military hardware to prevent such incidents.